Charlie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management.
Dr Huang visited Koolanooka iron ore mine site for his research project on community engagement by Chinese firms.
Tell us briefly about your current research and what drew you to this topic?
I have been doing research on the management of Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in Australia over the past seven years, covering a wide range of managerial issues, such as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and strategic management.
Working closely with other colleagues, I just completed a research project, Community engagement by Chinese firms in Australia, funded by the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. China’s OFDI has rapidly increased over the last decade and it has become one of the major sources of international capital. Its OFDI reached US$100 billion last year and was ranked third globally. More than 20,000 Chinese firms have invested in foreign countries. Therefore, Chinese OFDI will have an increasing impact on global economy and international community. However, little research has been done on the management of Chinese OFDI so far.
What research problems and areas are you likely to explore in the future?
CSR and corporate governance of Chinese MNCs are currently high on my research agenda. On the one hand, Australia provides excellent opportunities for examining these areas as many Chinese firms have invested in Australia, and on the other hand, corporate community engagement in the Australian mining industry is well advanced and has been widely regarded as the best practices in the world. Therefore, there is great research potential in this area.
How do you balance your teaching, supervising, and your own research time?
Realising today’s academics are multi-faceted, I tend to strive for an intended balance and have supervision and research activities done intensively to improve their effectiveness and efficiency. I explicitly reserve one day for my research and one day for supervision in my weekly calendar and aim to be strategic in participating in new opportunities. Other things I do for balance is setting short-term goals for research and reviewing them regularly.
What are your views on collaboration against individual research work?
I highly value collaborative research and teamwork with colleagues within and outside the university and am a strong believer that collaboration can lead to a higher research productivity and better quality. However, I also recognise the importance of developing individual research capacity as it is a necessary condition for a high performance research team.
Please tell us about things you enjoy when not researching?
I spend much of my spare time running and jogging to keep me fit. I also enjoy cooking, reading and gardening on weekends.